SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Ryan Vogelsong had his well known glare going a full day before his return to the Cactus League, and on Wednesday he found familiar results against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Making his first appearance for the Giants since March 4, Vogelsong pitched six shutout innings at Scottsdale Stadium. He gave up three hits, walked one and struck out seven. After a stint with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, Vogelsong didn't have any trouble adjusting to the laid back atmosphere of spring baseball.
"I try to treat them all the same, honestly," he said. "I know how important it is to make sure you're ready to go when the bell rings."
Vogelsong threw 82 pitches (60 strikes) and is on track to slot into the No. 5 spot in the rotation when the regular season kicks off on April 1. While representing his country, Vogelsong said he closely watched the results of his rotation mates. He thinks the other four starters are ready, too.
Matt Cain threw five shutout innings in his last start and Madison Bumgarner followed the next day with the same line. Barry Zito struck out seven on Tuesday night and said he feels he is rounding into form. Only Tim Lincecum has yet to find optimal results, in large part because he missed time with a blister.
"It seems that things are falling into place for all of us," Vogelsong said. "It's better to be that way than fighting the other way."
Vogelsong was perfect the first time through the lineup on Wednesday and ended three of his five innings with looking strikeouts. He said he struggled with his changeup a bit, but otherwise there was little to worry about.
"I was just trying to throw quality pitches and pound the zone," he said. "I feel pretty good."
Vogelsong has hit his regular season form on the mound, and he said he is also already in a routine off the field. Tuesday night's meal was, of course, a plate of enchiladas.
"Always," Vogelsong said. "Always."